Today, the 19th May 2014, the San Diego Opera’s Board President Carol Lazier had this to say: “The public spoke, we listened, and we’re open for business and do we have some great news to share with you!” Due to a crowd-funding campaign that has seen over two-million US dollars donated supporters, the company, which had recently announced that it had to close down for want of funds, has raised enough money to cover its deficit and so it can now continue. Director of Media Relations Edward Wilensky said that he felt “humbled” after a titanic campaign that saw more than 2,461 donors from six countries, 48% of whom had never donated to the opera before, choose to lend a hand, giving more than double what SD Opera had hoped to raise, and he commented that the campaign’s success shows that “opera is a relevant artform that the city demands and wants”.

 

San Diego's Civic Center
San Diego's Civic Center
Now that they can continue business, San Diego Opera promised “Opera in the grand style that our audiences know and love will continue at San Diego Opera at the Civic Theatre but at same time we'll look at presenting opera in new and different ways” and described their mission as “to keep our dedicated audience while at same time looking at expanding into site specific and light opera too.” In their new season company plan to put on a classic season: Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, while John Adams’s Nixon in China will make its debut in San Diego in a multimedia-heavy production. The company will also celebrate their 50th anniversary in style with several Gala Concerts aided by the San Diego Symphony and featuring well known artists yet to be announced. Of course the focus of the opera is the singers, and singers for the 2015 season will include Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, David Lomeli as well as Lise Lindstrom, Morgan Smith, Kathleen Kim and Ellie Dehn.